Social Action

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Social Action
1 Key words
1.1 Social actors
1.2 Social roles
1.3 Meaningful behaviour
2 Key sociologists
2.1 Max Weber
2.1.1 All behaviour is linked to a role
2.1.2 Social actors are conscious and have free will
2.1.3 Society is the individual
2.1.4 Individuals create society
2.1.5 No such thing as social facts
2.2 Meid
2.2.1 'I, self, me'
2.2.2 Generalised others
2.2.3 Significant others
2.2.4 Behaviour is about our interaction with others
3 Methods
3.1 Verstehen
3.2 Qualitative
3.2.1 Interviews
3.2.2 Participant Observation
3.3 Depth
3.4 Detail
3.5 unreliable
3.6 Meaning
3.7 Validity
3.8 Opinions
3.9 Thoughts
3.10 Feelings
4 What do they study?
4.1 individuals within society
4.2 Want to know why?
4.3 Individuals act in socially meaningful ways
5 Interpretivists
5.1 No such thing as a social act
5.2 Individuals cannot be measured scientifically
6 Criticisms
6.1 Subjective
6.1.1 Takes opinions into account
7 Perspectives
7.1 Interactionism
7.1.1 claims that individuals can exert control over forces in society
7.1.2 individuals can determine their own identities
7.1.3 study how people behave in small scale situations
7.1.4 look at how people interact with eachother
7.1.5 do not want to generalise their ideas to the whole of society
7.1.6 Strengths
7.1.6.1 There is empirical evidence to support the approach
7.1.6.2 the approach has practical applications
7.1.7 Weaknesses
7.1.7.1 incomplete theory as it doesn't explain why some people are labelled as deviant and not others
7.1.7.2 it ignores wider features of the social structure and their influence on behaviour
8 interpretivism
8.1 humanistic approach
8.2 social world differs from natural
8.3 verstehen
8.4 depth
8.5 understanding
8.6 validity
8.7 qualitative
8.8 subjective
8.9 variables can not be controlled
8.10 society and people are unpredictable
8.11 different people have different experiences of society
8.12 small scale
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